Iris Bonet – What It’s Like [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Old-school, experimental, unique

Tell us a few things about your new song “What It’s Like”. What is the story behind it?

I wrote What It’s Like because I was feeling very heavy with the current state of the world. Everything I saw looked like “doom & gloom” and it felt like the only thing getting me through at the time was looking back at memories. It made me wonder if we’d ever get back to those things. That’s why I got the lyric “do you remember what it’s like.” It seemed like the last couple of years have gone on forever. I also decided to do the production myself on this one because it felt very personal and I knew the feel I wanted.

What first got you into music?

I started music at home. We’re a very musical family so I was born with the ability to sing. I then got into band in middle school where I started with percussion and as I got older got very heavily involved with music in church.

What do you enjoy most? Writing music or performing your music live?

I definitely enjoy writing music better. I’m a bit of an introvert and get in my head a lot so performing live makes me really nervous. I’m trying to get over that though!

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

My biggest challenge is promoting myself for sure. There’s a part of me that feels like I shouldn’t really talk about what I do, but I know it’s necessary. It’s just really awkward for sure.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

Most of my music is pretty mellow and chill so I think they’d listen either when they’re relaxing or in their feelings. Most of my heaviest lyrics come from when I’ve gone through something traumatic and I think that resonates with a lot of people.

You’d give up making music for…

Oo that’s tough to think about, but I’d give up making music for my daughter. If me making music stopped her from achieving something or from her happiness, then no question, I would quit.

Thank you!

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